Sermons on Crucifixion

Before and After (John 21:15-22)

Peter failed miserably the night before Jesus’ crucifixion. He had denied the Lord three times. There was no time to make amends. Jesus was dead, and the disciples were in total disarray. Then Jesus rose from the dead. And how Jesus dealt with Peter’s failure is an encouragement to us all.

No More Rehearsals (Hebrews 9:11-15)

God originally commanded Israel to observe the Day of Atonement every year. But with Jesus’ coming and His sacrifice, the Day of Atonement has been rendered obsolete. It is obsolete because Jesus, our High Priest, gave Himself on the cross of Calvary. He alone atoned for the sin of the world. This ushered in a new way of relating with God. No longer would worship only be “skin deep.” Now God would inhabit the hearts of those who put their…

Triumphant (Mark 11:1-10)

Jesus rode triumphantly into Jerusalem on what we call Palm Sunday. Less than a week later those who cheered for him demanded his crucifixion. Christians need to realize that we will face opposition when we tell others about Jesus. We will ultimately be triumphant, but we must recognize the cost of discipleship.

That Other Garden (Mark 14:32-50)

Jesus and his disciples spent a lot of time in the Garden of Gethsemane. Their last trip there together ended with Jesus’ arrest. He would be crucified the next day. Those who were in the garden that night give us a picture of humanity. The guards, the Jewish leaders, Judas Iscariot, and the disciples all fell short. Jesus on the other hand, was perfect and sinless.

How to Be Thankful (Hebrews 13:15-16)

As the writer of Hebrews begins to wrap up his letter, he encourages his readers to be thankful. He urges those who have received salvation through Jesus Christ to be persistent in offering the sacrifice of praise. But this praise should not be silent. We must let others know of our thankfulness for His great grace. And while our praise should be persistent and public, it must also be practical. This means that our thankfulness should extend to telling and…